A GP's guide to managing skin grafts postoperatively

INTRODUCTION

SKIN grafting is a surgical procedure for resurfacing wounds using skin harvested from elsewhere on the body. It is commonly performed following excision of skin cancer, burn wounds, traumatic abrasions and other cutaneous defects. 

Most skin-graft patients will be managed post­operatively in an outpatient setting, and as such many will present to GPs with questions and concerns.

Summarised here is typical advice for postoperative care of skin grafts, including community management of common